Talent sto­ries

Edu­ra­do, Jun, Ade­ro and Fah­mi­da are Inter­na­tio­nal House Oulu ambas­sa­dors 2024.

Would you like to get to know what it’s like to stu­dy or work in Oulu? Meet our inter­na­tio­nal talent who live in Oulu and read their ins­pi­ra­tio­nal sto­ries.

Embark on a cap­ti­va­ting jour­ney through the lives of indi­vi­duals who have cho­sen Oulu as their spring­board to success. Whet­her you’­re con­templa­ting your next educa­tio­nal ven­tu­re or see­king exci­ting career oppor­tu­ni­ties, let the jour­neys of our inter­na­tio­nal talents gui­de and ins­pi­re you. Disco­ver how Oulu can be the backdrop for your own success sto­ry.

Glo­bal Minds in Oulu – Watch their videos

Fan­gying “Fan­ni” Li is ori­gi­nal­ly from Chi­na. Cur­rent­ly, Fan­ni works at the IH Oulu. She admi­res Fin­nish work cul­tu­re. “Some­how here, this free­dom brings you more pos­si­bi­li­ties. You can do wha­te­ver you want.”

Watch Fan­ni’s sto­ry

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Eduar­do Acos­ta is from Colom­bia. Over the past two years, he has been able to expe­rience all that Oulu has to offer. “When I came here, I was surpri­sed by how you can find many things here, how well con­nec­ted eve­ryt­hing is.”

More about Eduar­do’s life

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She­fat Islam came from Bah­rain to Oulu and fell in love with the city’s natu­re. What was most impor­tant to her was that her daugh­ter adjus­ted well. She­fat thinks Oulu is a pic­tu­resque and calm place, a postcard city.

Watch She­fat’s inter­view

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Jun Naka­mu­ra deci­ded to move from Japan to Oulu and stu­dy for his master’s degree at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Oulu. He is very impres­sed by Fin­nish sau­na cul­tu­re. “In the sau­na, Finns are more open com­pa­red to other places.”

See Jun’s sto­ry

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Dive into our talent sto­ries

Cha­sing Stars in Oulu: Navi­ga­ting the Path to Your Dreams

Meet Rabia, a cer­ti­fied teac­her from Pakis­tan, cur­rent­ly enrol­led at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Oulu, stu­dying Lear­ning, Educa­tion and Tech­no­lo­gy (LET) mas­ter’s pro­gram.


Woman standing in Oulu in the middle of Christmas trees
Tomas Slesar

From Slo­va­kia to Fin­land: The Expe­rience of Tomas in Oulu

Int­ro­ducing Tomas Sle­sar, a Slo­va­kian nati­ve who’s cal­led Oulu home for 14 years. From navi­ga­ting the cont­rasts of Fin­nish sea­sons to ful­ly embracing the warmth of Fin­nish cul­tu­re.


Pur­suing Dreams from Brazil: Eduardo’s Path of Gra­ti­tu­de

Meet Eduar­do Tomi­na­ga, who’s been living in Oulu for almost 5 years now. He’s a PhD stu­dent at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Oulu, con­duc­ting research on wire­less com­mu­nica­tions as part of the 6G Flags­hip team. He’s ori­gi­nal­ly from Flo­ria­no­po­lis, Brazil.


Polina at International House Oulu

Wor­king hard to pur­sue the dreams: Polina’s sto­ry of apprecia­tion

Polina’s jour­ney in Fin­land did not start in Oulu, but she is hap­py that it led her the­re. She is now pur­suing a degree in Tou­rism and dreams of doing impact­ful work at the city ser­vices.


From Teh­ran to Oulu – The Ins­pi­ring Path of Sara Sarouk­ha­ni

Sara stu­died her master´s degree in Envi­ron­men­tal Engi­nee­ring at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Oulu. She is cur­rent­ly wor­king in KONE as a mate­rial specia­list.


Sara Saroukhani

Embracing Oulu: Adrian’s Tale of Growth, Chal­len­ges, and Success

Adrian Cana­les is ori­gi­nal­ly from Texas, USA. He has been living and cal­ling Oulu his home for ele­ven years. Adrian’s plan coming to Fin­land was to start a new chap­ter of his life, con­ti­nue his educa­tion and start a career.


Vasilii’s Jour­ney to Oulu: A Sto­ry of Aca­de­mic Pur­suit and Cul­tu­ral Inte­gra­tion

Wit­hout ever having heard about the city befo­re, Vasi­lii Bala­nov deci­ded to seize an oppor­tu­ni­ty and tra­vel­led to Fin­land, deter­mi­ned to start an adven­tu­re in a new count­ry.


Oulu letters and International talent

Cold Win­ters, Warm Hearts: Eduar­do’s Fin­nish Adven­tu­re

Eduar­do Acos­ta, ori­gi­nal­ly from Colom­bia, is researc­hing circu­lar eco­no­my at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Oulu. He is also an Inter­na­tio­nal House Oulu Ambas­sa­dor.


Navi­ga­ting Oulu through its dif­fe­rent sea­sons: adap­ting to a new life in the North

Beat­riz Roc­ha, 25, came here to do her master’s degree in Lear­ning, Educa­tion and Tech­no­lo­gy. Cur­rent­ly, she works as a Mar­ke­ting Trai­nee at Business­Oulu.


Beatriz Rocha

“How Oulu sup­ports my career and sur­rounds me with natu­re”

Moving to Oulu has had a sig­ni­ficant impact on Arjane’s life. She is from the Net­her­lands, and moved to Fin­land in 2018. After living in Jyväs­ky­lä for a couple of years, she came to Oulu just over a year ago.


From Film Industry to Oulu: Naida’s Adven­tu­re of New Begin­nings

In a world whe­re indi­vi­duals seek to expe­rience new begin­nings, Nai­da Valencia’s sto­ry moti­va­tes the power of step­ping out of one’s com­fort zone and welco­ming the unk­nown.


Naida Valencia
Man smiling and posing

Meet Kevin Marples: “I been able to prac­ti­se my Fin­nish in a friend­ly envi­ron­ment”

Kevin Marples is ori­gi­nal­ly from the UK and moved to Fin­land in 2022. Kevin has been wor­king as an intern at Inter­na­tio­nal House, Oulu as part of his Inte­gra­tion Trai­ning Cour­se.


A Sto­ry All About Explo­ring Dif­fe­rent Cul­tu­res, Stu­dying, and Con­nec­tions

Nada Abass is ori­gi­nal­ly from Egypt and cur­rent­ly living in Fin­land. Nada’s jour­ney took a fasci­na­ting turn when she had the oppor­tu­ni­ty to beco­me a Com­mu­nica­tion Trai­nee at Inter­na­tio­nal House Oulu.


From Gha­na to Fin­land: Lukumanu’s path to Pro­ject Mana­ge­ment

In a world full of oppor­tu­ni­ties, Luku­ma­nu Iddrisu’s remar­kable jour­ney took him from the vibrant streets of Gha­na to the unique city of Vaa­sa, Fin­land.


Embracing the Magic of Oulu: A Jour­ney of Inte­gra­tion and Explo­ra­tion

Pava­ni is deligh­ted to sha­re her inc­re­dible jour­ney arri­ving in the enc­han­ting city of Oulu, Fin­land, in August 2022. Hai­ling from the beau­ti­ful island of Sri Lan­ka,


From Tex­ti­le Design in South Korea to Social Ser­vices in Oulu, Fin­land

Life has a way of gui­ding us on unex­pec­ted paths, lea­ding to inc­re­dible trans­for­ma­tions. Meet Bora Kim, a kind indi­vi­dual who had a unique jour­ney from South Korea to Oulu, Fin­land.


”Oulu is a place whe­re pas­sio­na­te people and beau­ti­ful natu­re are welco­ming you”

Jun Naka­mu­ra is ori­gi­nal­ly from Japan. Cur­rent­ly, he stu­dies MSc. in Inter­na­tio­nal Busi­ness Mana­ge­ment at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Oulu.


Woman with lake view

“The­re is somet­hing for eve­ry­one in Oulu”

She­fat Islam is ori­gi­nal­ly from Bah­rain. Cur­rent­ly, she is a com­mu­nica­tions intern and stu­dies MSc. in Mar­ke­ting at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Oulu.


“Knowing people here is what makes things easier”

Moa­men Ibra­him, 28, is ori­gi­nal­ly from Egypt. He works now as a Mac­hi­ne Lear­ning Engi­neer at Soli­ta. He has been here in Oulu for five years.


Man smiling
Woman smiling

“Don’t say ‘No’ when oppor­tu­ni­ties come knoc­king”

Vanes­sa Phe­ka­ni came to Oulu from Malawi. She hold a bachelor’s degree in public admi­ni­stra­tion and socio­lo­gy, and a master’s degree in educa­tion and glo­ba­li­sa­tion from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Oulu.


“Don’t get anno­yed by long dark days in win­ter, you have snow and auro­ras”

Jawad Malik came here from Pakis­tan to stu­dy master’s in educa­tion and tech­no­lo­gy and pur­sue his pas­sion in telecom­mu­nica­tion.


Man watching winter scenery in Oulu

“What I love about the people here is that they are great lis­te­ners”

Kamal Singh came to Oulu in 2010 for his stu­dies from India. At the Uni­ver­si­ty of Oulu, he stu­died to be a wire­less com­mu­nica­tion engi­neer. Cur­rent­ly, Kamal is wor­king as a Network coor­di­na­tor.


“Win­ter acti­vi­ties in Oulu make it an even more special city”

Mous­ta­fa Khai­ri is wor­king as a mac­hi­ne lear­ning ope­ra­tions engi­neer in Oulu. He is 25 years old, and his home city is Alexandria, Egypt.


Kiran Pandit

”Oulu is a help­ful place for inter­na­tio­nal stu­dents, and people are nice”

Kiran Pan­dit came to Fin­land from Nepal and comple­ted a Bachelor’s Degree in Inter­na­tio­nal Busi­ness at Oulu Uni­ver­si­ty of Applied Sciences (OAMK). He is a chair­per­son of the board of Pin­ta­mes­ta­rit.

“During my first walks in Oulu, I felt like I was in a fai­ry tale”

Débo­ra Oli­vei­ra, 34, is from São Pau­lo, Brazil. Besi­des doing a master’s in educa­tion and glo­ba­li­sa­tion at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Oulu, she is a com­mu­nica­tions trai­nee at Oulu Talent Hub.

Woman smiling at the front of Oulu University

“If you want to work in Oulu, belie­ve in your­self and push hard”

Vik­tors Sobo­levs came to Oulu from Lat­via, and stu­died at Oulu Uni­ver­si­ty of Applied Sciences (Oamk). Now, he works as a busi­ness pro­duct mana­ger at Polar.

How Oulu beca­me a must-go place for a for­mer BBC jour­na­list?

Right now, Eri­ka Ben­ke is wor­king as a cont­ri­bu­tor to BBC News and as a free­lance jour­na­list. Befo­re moving to Oulu, she lived in Lon­don for 23 years. She found here the qua­li­ty of life she was loo­king for. “After two years of wor­king in Oulu, I’m still as relaxed as if I was on holi­day”, she says.

Woman smiling next to trees

The inc­re­dible jour­ney of Chia­ra Boset­ti

Oulu Talent Hub Ambas­sa­dor Chia­ra Boset­ti, ori­gi­nal­ly from Ita­ly, came to Oulu one year ago. “I had great expec­ta­tions, and I cer­tain­ly got what I was loo­king for”, she says.

Doris Yue belie­ves her dreams will come true in Oulu

Doris Yue, 35, came to Oulu from Hong Kong. She is mar­ried with a Fin­nish man and moved to Oulu about two and a half years ago. Now she works as an arc­hi­tect and enjo­ys her life.

Nainen hymyilee kameralle

“Nort­hern Lights – the best thing to expe­rience in Oulu”

Shar­min Farah came to Oulu from Bangla­desh. Her life has chan­ged sig­ni­ficant­ly during the five years she have lived in Fin­land. Though it has been a rol­lercoas­ter ride, I am enjo­ying this jour­ney, Shar­min says.

”You must come to Oulu with an open mind and a big smi­le”

Jun­naid Iqbal works as a Sys­tem Simu­la­tion Engi­neer at Nokia. He has been in Oulu near­ly two and a half years.

Woman with flowers

“I feel posi­ti­ve about my pos­si­bi­li­ties here”

Niy­ati Kan­di­kan­ti is an ambas­sa­dor for Oulu Talent Hub, and she enjo­ys networ­king. – The­re are many oppor­tu­ni­ties in Oulu to inte­ract with other inter­na­tio­nal stu­dents and visit new places.


“Oulu is a per­fect envi­ron­ment for fami­lies”

Tama­ra Louis, 30, is an arc­hi­tec­tu­ral desig­ner living in Oulu. She came here from Rus­sia in Sep­tem­ber 2012. We inter­viewed Tama­ra about her thoughts on living and wor­king in Oulu.

“I think eve­ry­bo­dy can find friends here”

Maja Ter­ning is from Tromsø in Nort­hern Norway. She has been living here in Oulu for 16 years now, and wor­king with Business­Oulu for about eight years.